Clark Robertson was not sure whether he should start celebrating the opening of his Pompey goal account.
The skipper had just nodded a Michael Jacobs free-kick into the net to break the deadlock against former side Rotherham at Fratton Park.
And it turned into a convincing success for the hosts, with Marcus Harness and George Hirst adding to the lead after the break.
But Robertson felt that he had strayed beyond the last man and was relieved to see the assistant’s flag stay down.
He said: “I’m buzzing to get my first goal for Pompey – and at Fratton Park as well – and I had a funny feeling it was going to happen.
“I actually scored Blackpool, one of my former clubs, when I went back there with Rotherham a few years ago.
"I’m buzzing to get my first goal for Pompey – and at Fratton Park as well – and I had a funny feeling it was going to happen."
“There was a weird feeling that I was going to hit the back of the net and I was just relieved to see that happen, although at the time I thought I was offside.
“I saw space open up between two of their defenders, got between them and headed the ball towards the target.
“Adding goals to my game is probably something that I need to do, so hopefully there will be more to come.”
The result saw Pompey bounce back in style following a disappointing defeat at Cheltenham a few days earlier.
Robertson said: “It was a strong performance from us and that’s exactly what we needed after Saturday, when we weren’t good enough.
“We got a response to that and we stood up to Rotherham’s physicality, coming away with three goals, three points and a clean sheet.
“So we’ve got to build on that going into Friday’s game and try to finish as high as we possibly can in the league.”